The Devil in Tijarafe

September 6, 2015

Monday night (or rather, early Tuesday morning) will be the fiesta del diabolo in Tijarafe. Every year, right in the middle of the annual village fiesta, the devil turns up at Tijarafe in the early hours of September 8th. It starts off like most fiestas. The village centre is off the main road, and on the way in, you pass the usual mobile bars, blasting out music at full volume….


Bajada Program for the Weekend

  At 5:30 pm on Saturday the procession leaves Las Nieves to bring the statue of the virgen down to the chapel of The Incarnation (Encarnación) just above town, arriving at about 8:30 pm. This is a much more solemn religious affair than the Bajada del trono. People living along the route will throw petals as she passes. On Sunday morning the virgen enters Santa Cruz – eventually. The idea…

July 10, 2015

The Dance of the Dwarves

The dancing dwarves, bajada de la virgen, Santa Cruz de La Palma
July 9, 2015

  The most famous part of the Bajada is when the dwarves dance a polka. In the last Bajada, in 2010, I got tickets for one of the paid performances in the port car park, and I was very disappointed. But this year the seating seems to be much more sensible, so the people who’ve paid should be able to see. There are six paid performances from 6:30 pm to…


Special buses for the Bajada

  There will be extra buses for the Dwarves dance (Danza de los enanos) and the Bajada itself, (the procession which brings the staue of the Virgen down to S/C) on Saturday 11th. There are also extra night buses until Friday night. More details at

July 8, 2015


July 6, 2015

  As far as I know, they only have pandorgas on La Palma. These are frames of balsa wood, covered with tissue paper to make a lantern, and decorated. Tonight, they’ll put candles inside them, and have a procession starting at 9:30 pm. It’ll run along A. Rodríguez López, Plaza de la Cruz del Tercero, calle Pérez de Brito, placeta de Borrero, calles Álvarez de Abreu, Lemus, O’Daly, Pérez de…


The 2015 Bajada is starting

The dancing dwarves, bajada de la virgen, Santa Cruz de La Palma
June 27, 2015

  The island of La Palma will soon go nuts for about five weeks as we celebrate the bajada. Bajada means “coming down” and in this case, they bring the statue of the Virgin Mary down from the lovely church at Las Nieves down to Santa Cruz. They’ve been doing this every five years since 1676, when the statue was credited with ending a terrible drought. These days the bajada…